This event presents an opportunity for local authority officers with responsibilities for any aspect of place-based regeneration to engage in constructive and informed discussion around the themes of heritage, local traditions and historical assets.

Heritage has a strong and growing role in community regeneration, but Scotland’s rich history is still viewed by many in the SURF network as an underused resource. The Scottish Government is keen to make more of the historic environment as a foundation for delivering wider ambitions towards inclusive economic growth, greater community participation, and enhanced town centres.

Participants will explore, from the perspective of Scottish local government, the opportunities and challenges associated with undertaking heritage-based activities that contribute meaningfully to the regeneration of economically challenged places.

Guests will hear about the realities of progressing heritage-based regeneration initiatives in the current context in two SURF Alliance for Areas in Argyll and Glasgow. They will also have the opportunity to share their local experiences, learn about evolving national priorities, and network with local government colleagues from across Scotland.

The event is free to attend and open to all local government officers in Scotland. It is delivered by SURF with support from the Scottish Government.


10am               Tea, coffee & pastries;

10:30am           Welcome & Introduction: Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF;

10:40am           Making the Most of Scotland’s Heritage: Euan Leitch, Director, Built Environment Forum Scotland;

10:55am           Alliance for Action Partner Initiative: Central Govan Action Plan: Eamonn Campbell, Area Planner, Glasgow City Council (to be confirmed);

11:10am           Alliance for Action Partner Initiative: Dunoon’s American Years: Ann Campbell, Dunoon Facilitator, SURF;

11:20am           Table Discussions – reflections on local policy and practice;

11:35am           National Priorities: George Findlater, Head of Partnerships and Projects at Historic Environment Scotland, the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment.

11:45am           Open Discussion – on local government views on heritage policy and practice;

12:20pm           Summing Up and What’s Next (Derek Rankine & Emma Scott, SURF);

12:30pm           Lunch.

Where and When

Where: The CoSLA Conference Centre is located on 19 Haymarket Yards in central Edinburgh. It is a five minute walk from Haymarket Train Station. A location map is available on the CoSLA website.

When: Thursday 13th February 2020, 10am-1pm

Book Your Free Place

To book your free place, please complete the form below or contact SURF’s Emma Scott (0141 440 6392, directly with any queries.

Please note that event places are limited to those working in Scottish local government. In the event of excess demand, SURF will maintain a waiting list.

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Background Reading

Participants may wish to review the following in advance of the event:

Heritage for All – Historic Environment Scotland’s current vision (HES, 2019).

Scotland’s Heritage Sector – a map of key players (Scottish Civic Trust, 2018).

SURF’s Alliance for Action – a brief overview of the 2018-21 programme (SURF, 2018).

About the People and Sector Connector Service

As part of its Alliance for Action programme, SURF provides a People and Sector Connector Service on an ongoing basis to regeneration-related practitioners and decision-makers in local government. The service is intended to support regeneration policy enhancements in the current turbulent context in which local authority regeneration functions have been affected by funding cuts and departmental restructures.

SURF’s approach is designed to share knowledge of ‘what works’ in community regeneration, and provide networking opportunities across sectors and geographies, as part of an ongoing developmental process. Further information is available on our website.

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